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Friday, July 31, 2009

Continuing a theme as July winds to a close, we have Kerry Degman as photographed by Gregory Vaughan for an edit called Fire Island in the August Gus magazine.

Both pics by way of

Thursday, July 30, 2009

There are times I wish I were still waiting tables or bartending, and the Obama/Biden "Beer Summit" is one of those! One thing I'll give El Presidente is that he is smooth: taking a major gaff like weighing in on a situation where he admittedly did not have all the facts and referred to the police as acting stupidly, and turning it around to a photo op for Himself is genius! Not only that, but he and his Presstitutes have managed to make the police officer in question equally culpable with Gates in the public's mind! If only Obie would calculate so strategically against the U.S.A.'s enemies!

Reading Wednesday Comics this week I was pleasantly surprised by the return of Urania Blackwell, Element Girl, in the weekly installment of Metamorpho, the Element Man, by Mike Allred! She's been listed as a supporting character in the first week, but that might have been just an overview of Metamorpho's historical supporting cast, in that the character was killed off in the regular comics in Neil Gaiman's Sandman series. The issue had been critically acclaimed, and, though it was published in DC's Vertigo imprint, the connections of which to the mainstream DC Universe (DCU for short) have been disputed on occasion, the death of Element Girl has largely been held as canon by comics readership. Which makes me wonder where the weekly Wednesday Comics fit in with the DCU. As seen in the Supergirl panels, Krypto is depicted quite differently than he has in any DC series, and Streaky, the supercat, has always been male. So maybe these all occur in the WCU, or Wednesday Comics Universe? I'm fine with that.

Yesterday, I posted pics of Kerry Degman and Michaela for Armani Exchange Fall campaign, but there is a third model, a mostly shirtless male, whom some have identified as Carlos Friere, seen here:

Nothing wrong with his face from what I can see, but then I'm not making the big bucks for Armani!
Speaking of recognizing models, I think I spotted Nick Riback on the Armani site!

and 2 random Kerry images:

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Okay, so it's still middle of the summer, but Armani Exchange came out with their Fall promotion featuring previously seen Kerry Degman and female model Michaela, in some heat-causing images, and I felt they should be seen. So, without further rambling, some more Kerry:

as well as the first 'making of' video:

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

With overhauling HealthCare as the major priority of the Government at the present time maybe it's just more 'in your face' that there seem to be so many new medical series being added to television's Fall line-ups. TNT already added HawthoRNe about a nurse who cares too much, and knows more than any doctors or hospital staff, while HBO has Nurse Jackie about a nurse who cares too much and knows more etc. NBC is adding Mercy and Trauma, while CBS is adding Three Rivers, with Miami Trauma as a midseason replacement. ABC isn't adding a new medical show, but they retain Greys Anatomy and its spin-off, Private Practice, while FOX keeps House, and USA weighs in with Royal Pains. My brother points out that show types are often cyclical, but with 98% of Hollywood having worked for El Presidente Obama;s election, the fact that their output is so tied to his agenda seems oddly coincidental. Now, if there is a decline in positive portrayals of police following GatesGate in Cambridge, I'll really be suspicious.

I hate admitting that I noticed this, since I hate admitting that I've seen either show, but I was scanning past ABC Family, and notived a show called Ruby & the Rockits, stopping primarily because it features an aging David Cassidy, and there's a kid on it who was disturbingly familiar. His name is Austin Butler, and take away the tattoos and piercings (and presumably the toolishness)m and it's as if he were Joey Rozmus from Real Worl Cancun!

Thanks to Major Models Blog, more pictures of Nick Riback!

Sunday, July 26, 2009

DC returns Superboy to its lineup of characters this August, allowing him to headline Adventure Comics, sharing it with the Legion of Super-Heroes, as his Silver-Age predecessor did many years ago. Original Recipe Superboy was, in fact, a younger version of Superman, who had originally been conceived as having taken on a costumed identity upon arrival in Metropolis, leaving the farm of his adopted parents after their deaths. It was only after Superman had achieved a level of popularity, and junior versions of Captain Marvel and others had achieved success that it was decided to take a second look at Superman's youth. Thus, his childhood home got the name of 'Smallville', the readers got to know his adoptive parents, Jonathan and Martha Kent, and friends were created to give Superboy a supporting cast. Red-headed neighbor Lana Lang was pretty much a junior version of adult love interest Lois Lane. She dated Superboy in his Clark Kent identity, and had a crushon Superboy. She frequently got into trouble due to her curiosity and brashness, and occasionally developed the theory that Clark and Superboy were one and the same. Pete Ross was Clark's male best friend, and he was noteworthy for having discovered Superboy's secret identity while he and Clark were camping. Pete not only didn't announce Clark's secret to the world, but he kept the fact that he knew from Superboy, often acting behind the scenes to protect the secret that Clark was unawaer that they shared. for his selfless dedication, Pete was granted honorary membership in the future-dwelling Legion of Super-Heroes, who had based their group upon the heroic activities of the then-legendary Superboy.

Eventually Krypto, a dog from Krypton sent into space by Clark's father, Jor-El, would arrive on Earth, ansd Superboy would have a super pet to share his adventures.The current Superboy has a Krypto as well. The current version was created after the game-changing Crisis on Infinite Earths series, which allowed creative teams at DC to revamp some characters, including Superman. One change, which proved beneficial to the character was to have the Kents live on past Clark's leaving home to go to Metropolis. Another change was to revert back to the situation where Clark, though discovering his powers throughout hsi teen years, never became a "Superboy", nor were there any other survivors of Krypton's destruction. DC took the opportunity to create a Superboy when Superman briefly 'died' during a battle with Doomsday. A clone claiming to be Superman's emerged from Project Cadmus, his maturation cut short, was looking like a younger version of Superman, and displaying similar powers. After Superman's return, the clone reluctantly took the name "Superboy", and got his own series. Turned out that he wasn't Superman's clone, but a mix of DNA from various sources. his power, tactile telekinesis, could mimic Kryptonian powers, but was independentally created. Superboy got his own cast of supporting characters and operated out of Hawaii for a time. He was a fun character, but had little connection to Superman other than wearig the 'S'.
It was decided after a few years and the loss of Superboy's supporting cast, to make some changes. It was discovered that Superboy did, indeed, have Kryptonian DNA, as well as human. To make things more interesting, the Kryptonian belonged to Superman, and the human to Lex Luthor! Superboy began to demonstrate actual Kryptonian abilities, and was finally given a name by Superman: Kon-El. In fact, he was given two, as the Kents took him in as a cousin of Clark's named 'Conner'. Why would a Smallville-dwelling Superboy be any better than the original Superboy was? Because his future wasn't/isn't set in stone. Unlike Clark, whom every reader of Superboy knew would grow up to leave Smallville, become Daily Planet reporter Clark Kent, fall in love with Lois Lane, and save the world repeatedly as Superman, Conner's path is less clear. Which makes him more interesting, IMO. Also, one of the problem that the writers of the original Superboy ran into was that Superboy's time period had to be roughly ten to twenty years prior to when they were writing Superman, and, with technology changing as rapidly as it did last century, Superboy started growing up in entirely different cultures and eras. Another problem, shared with the current Smallville TV series, is that Superboy started experiencing things as a teen that the readership had seen him experience for the first time as an adult, including visits from other DC worlds, and various forms of Kryptonite, as well as other members of the DCU. By the end of the original Superboy series, Clark had met most of his adult supporting cast as a teen.
Unfortunately, one of the things that could be done with Conner that they couldn't with Clark, was to actually kill him off. However, death being as debilitating as a skin rash in the DCU, he's back now, and the new series looks like fun!
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